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House Van Vinkel
Royal Coat of Arms
The Royal Coat of Arms of House Van Vinkel

Countries

New Tarajan, Sdudeti-Karabak, North Ajania

Titles

King of New Tarajan, Grand Duke of Sdudeti-Karabak, Princess of North Ajania

Founded

XVI century (in Tarajan)

Founder

Sigismund Van Vinkel (in Tarajan)

Current head

Friederick Wilhelm II of New Tarajan

Ethnicity

Antanaresians, Tarajani

The House Van Vinkel is the current reigning house of New Tarajan, Sdudeti-Karabak and North Ajania.

Its origins trace back to the XII century, in the person of a Count Andrej, lord of the Antanaresian castle of Vinklì, although (as many other Tarajani noble houses) the first members of the family claimed to be descendants of Eurasian patricians (and the claim is reflected both in the purple color and the composition of the shield, reminiscent of the Eurasian imperial coat of arms). Not much is known about the story of the House before its migration in the lands of Tarajan,in the XVI century. It is from this moment, with the figure of Sigismund Van Vinkel, that the House really emerges from the myst of history. Originally, the House Van Vinkel was simply the most prominent (together with House Van Geldern) among the Antanaresian knights participating to the wars against the Ajanic Shahdom. Its first holding in the new land was Merlberg, which soon became the stronghold of the House. After almost a century of continuous struggle against both the Ajans and the rival Houses, the Van Vinkel eventually emerged victorious, leading to their establishment as the Royal House of the newly-founded Kingdom of New Tarajan, with Sigismund Heinrich II.

From that moment, the House ruled the Kingdom (with the sole interruption being the period 1919-1944, when the monarchy was overthrown by a communist regime).

While not being very ancient (compared with other reigning Houses of the world), during its history the House Van Vinkel managed to connect itself with the main noble Houses of Esamir, and many cadet branches of them were originated by these combined marriages. The most strong connections are with the House of Nordahl, the House of Vergara, and the House of Hohenzbrock.

Today, the House is composed by three branches, each corresponding to one of the countries upon which it actually reigns: the House Van Vinkel-Tarajan, the House Van Vinkel-Karabak and the House Van Vinkel-Noorden.

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